Originally Posted by coachrick
If your 'tuning stub' is intact, take care of that rare thing! Most broke off pretty early in their lifetimes.
Your racket is essentially a T3000 with the added damper. MANY of us dangled a pinkie and a good chunk of the heel of our hand off the bottom of the handle, especially when serving. That 'dome' on the 4 and 5 series was distracting to many folks(who then removed it or just left it off when it inevitably fell off during play). When the damper was exposed, it broke off rather easily.
The black/chrome cosmetics of the 4 and 5 series looked quite a bit more 'sophisticated' than the cream, red, gold of the earlier T-series. I'd say the 4000 enjoyed a good year or so, but the subsequent models were never a factor in 'my' part of the world.
Thanks for the useful info. On this particular specimen, it's in great shape, and the "radar dome" is intact. However, there is a rattle inside, like the proverbial jelly bean in the plastic Easter egg... I'm guessing this is not how the dampener works?
It appears that the "dome" should unscrew from the bottom of the butt cap, but it only spins in place with some resistance, and no evidence of it wanting to unthread. Does it snap off? I don't want to damage it.
The frame has its original stickers still, including the one stating that it is only sold in Pro Shops! One wouldn't have found this on "Blue Light Special" at K-Mart!
Also, the previous owner of this frame (I found it in a thrift shop, of course) must have been a connoisseur of the finer things in life: it was strung in natural gut, with string tubing at every wire loop where the string touched it! Double super bonus points to whoever strung it; a T-series looks difficult enough to string up without
tubing at every point of frame contact!